What do we have here today? Another painting and this one is mixed media, more precisely make up and coloured pencils on paper. The painting depicts a ballerina (in case you couldn’t tell) and I named it red swan. Is there such a thing as a red swan? Well, we all know of white and black swans, both in animal kingdom and ballet world, where Swan lake has a legendary status. A red swan is yet to be created, both in biological and dance world. Similarly, the red swan never appeared in the famous ballet Swan Lake, but it did show up in my imagination. Who knows? Perhaps someday, there will be a new ballet with this character, a reinterpretation of some sort. In that case the red swan could have a change to dance. Speaking of red swans, in Native American lore there is a lovely story featuring a red swan. Look it up and you'll find it suprisingly similar to the famous ballet. Perhaps not so surprisingly if you know that the balet was inspired by a Russial folk tale. Remember what I told you about mythology? If you study it for long enough, you will find many similarities. You can read this Native American fairy tale here.
There is nothing wrong in working hard, but it is equally important to learn how to celebrate life. How to treat food with respect, how to eat our meals in gratitude. How to pray, not necessarily in the religious sense but in a sense that we accept there is something greater than us and searching for it, both in our inside and outside world. How to dance, as freely and innocently as a child. How to live without forgetting what is dearest to us, how not to life deceive us into thinking we need to give up on all those things that are so hard to explain, too precious and rare to be properly expressed with words. If we have forgot how to do these things, we need to learn them. Eat. Pray. Dance. Live. Love.
Nema ništa loše u napornom radu, ali je jednako važno znati kako slaviti život. Kako se odnositi prema hrani s poštovanjem, kako jesti s osjećajem zahvalnosti. Kako se moliti, ne nužno u religioznom smislu riječi nego u smislu prihvaćanja postojanja nečega većega od nas samih i traganja za tim, u izvanjskom i unutarnjem svijetu. Kako plesati, nevino i slobodno kao dijete. Kako živjeti bez zaboravljanja onoga što nam je najbitnije, kako ne dopustiti životu da nas prevari i uvjeri da se moramo odreći svega ono što je nekad tako teško opisati, ono što je previše dragocjeno i rijetko da se izrazi riječima. Ako smo zaboravili ove stvari, moramo ih ponovo naučiti. Jesti. Moliti se. Plesati. Živjeti. Voljeti.